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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Frankfurt School:

A school of German Marxists -- Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Walter Benjamin, and others -- which views modernist writers such as Marcel Proust and Samuel Beckett not as reactionary exemplars of the diseased subjectivism and antihistorical myopia of late consumer capitalism, but as literary innovators whose experimentation with disruptive forms implicitly provides a critique of mass society -- its fragmentation, its estrangement, its dehumanization.

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